The Green Bay Packers already knew that Sam Barrington was unlikely to suit up for Week 2's showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. Now, it appears the team must soldier on without their starting inside linebacker for even longer. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Barrington's ankle injury suffered during last Sunday's season opener will keep him on the shelf for the duration of the 2015 season:
#Packers believe a foot injury will knock starting ILB Sam Barrington out for the season, I’m told. They face Lynch & Charles the next 2 wks— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2015
Barrington suffered an initial ankle injury prior to team's trip to Chicago last weekend, enduring further damage during the game against the Chicago Bears. Third-year linebacker Nate Palmer replaced Barrington for the rest of the afternoon and expects to start in his place when the Packers take the field next Sunday against the Seahawks. Barrington's injury leaves Palmer and Jake Ryan as the only full-time inside linebackers on the roster. Consequently, expect Clay Matthews to continue spending more of his time inside rather than his customary outside linebacker position.
Assuming Barrington lands on injured reserve, the Packers no longer have to cut a player to create a roster spot for Datone Jones. The defensive end returns from a one-game suspension this week, and the team must stay at or under the 53-man roster limit.
UPDATE: Comments from Barrington himself on Instagram seem to confirm the suspicion that he is done for the year, as you can see here:
sometimes we encounter those humbling moments in life when the first thing we want to do is ask why....feel sorry for ourselves...expect sympathy. This is not one of those times. Going to hurt like hell to not be out there in that Green and Yellow with my teammates. But this is my destiny. It's still my job, to be a leader, a teammate, a brother. This is where I'm supposed to be. It's life. It's football. Thank you for the support guys. 2015 is our year. I'll be back to tear shit up next year. That's a promise. Write that down. #AllLove